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Unison Newsletter Issue #100


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Successful lobbying 倡議成果

Hong Kong Unison is pleased to report that the Education Bureau (EDB) will increase the accountability and transparency of additional funding to schools for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students after our continuous lobbying. Starting from the 2021/22 school year, schools are required to provide a bilingual summary in both Chinese and English, explaining how they have supported NCS students’ learning of Chinese and created an inclusive learning environment in the schools in the preceding school year, and the summary shall be uploaded to their school webpages for parents’ reference. 

At every opportunity, Hong Kong Unison emphasized to the EDB the importance of enhancing the professional capability for supporting NCS students. Under the new funding arrangements, teachers are encouraged to participate in professional development activities and school-based support services related to supporting NCS students so as to enhance their professional capability for teaching NCS students and their cultural and religious sensitivity in taking care of NCS students. Hong Kong Unison hopes, however, that this eventually becomes  a mandatory requirement rather than a choice.

經香港融樂會不懈倡議,教育局將會對「支援非華語學生的額外撥款」增加透明度及問責性。自下學年始,每間學校必須以中英雙語撰寫概要,說明學校在上學年如何支援非華語生中文學習及創造共融學習環境;該概要同時須上載至學校網頁,供家長參考。

我們經常向教育局強調,增強支援非華語生的專業能力,實至關重要。新的撥款安排鼓勵教師參加與「支援非華語學生相關」的專業發展項目及校本支援服務,以提升其文化與宗教敏感度,及教授非華語生的專業能力。我們希望,這不止於「鼓勵」,而是一項「要求」。


2020/21 Scholarships Announcement
公佈融樂會獎學金結果

Hong Kong Unison is proud to announce the recipients of the Tertiary Education Scholarships and the Chinese Performance Scholarships. We are awarding 26 ethnic minority youths for the Tertiary Education Scholarship and 13 ethnic minority youths for the Chinese Performance Scholarship. This year we had a combined record high of 120 applications. We thank our generous donors for the invaluable sponsorships and the Scholarship Selection Committee for their dedication and relentless efforts in the selection process. 

本年度香港融樂會的專上教育獎學金及中文表現獎的得主名單正式出爐!我們從芸芸120份申請中,挑選出26位專上教育獎學金及13位中文表現獎的得主。我們在此再次向捐助人及遴選委員會致以誠摯謝意。
 


UN Regional Forum on Hate Speech  
聯合國仇恨言論區域論壇  

Hong Kong Unison participated in the United Nations Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Hate Speech, Social Media and Minorities that was held online on 19 and 20 October and our Vice Chair Ms. Puja Kapai was an invited panelist. Unison and Ms. Kapai’s recommendations to address online hate speech were adopted by the Regional Forum to be considered at the UN Human Rights Council 13th Session Forum on Minority Issues, which include: (i) social media companies should have policies in place in relation to submitting IP addresses to human rights institutions and/or police regarding online racist hate speech; (ii) establish a cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary consultative body to develop a Code of Conduct for Regulation of Hate Speech; and (iii) establish a register for the reception of complaints and data pertaining to hate speech and violence against minorities. 

香港融樂會於十月十九至二十日參與聯合國亞太區區域論壇,主題為「仇恨言論、社交媒體與少數群體」。在會上,香港融樂會副主席紀佩雅女士與融樂會就網絡仇恨言論發表建議,獲論壇一方採納,供聯合國人權理事會第十三屆少數群體論壇參考。我們的建議分別有(一)社交媒體公司應訂立政策,將發表仇恨言論者的IP位址交予國家人權機構或警方;(二)設立跨部門,多學科的諮詢機構,訂立管制仇恨言論的守則;(三)設立仇恨言論及針對少數群體暴力的投訴及數據收集機制。


Thank You Renaissance College  鳴謝啟新書院籌款

Thank you to ESF Renaissance College Hong Kong’s BIG support in fundraising for Hong Kong Unison through their Virtual International Evening 2020. International Evening is an annual tradition at Renaissance College where they showcase multi-cultural talents. This year, they geared up with all ESF schools to celebrate cultural diversity and international mindedness in a new virtual format. The event was held on the evening of 8 October, and with their great efforts and support, they fundraised $23,000 to continue support Hong Kong Unison’s work. A sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed. 

香港融樂會感謝英基啟新書院透過其每年一度的國際之夜為本會籌款。國際之夜為英基啟新書院的年度活動之一,透過多元文化的表演為融樂會籌款。今年他們更首次聯合其他英基學校,以全新網上虛擬形式一起慶祝多元文化及國際意識。活動於10月8日晚上順利舉行,在他們的頂力支持下,共籌得了23,000港元,以延續本會的工作。融樂會衷心感謝所有參加者及善長人翁對本會的支持。


The Plight of Ethnic Minorities
少數族裔的困境

Hong Kong Unison was one of three panelists at Asia Society’s Inclusivity in Hong Kong: The Plight of Ethnic Minorities on 22 October, where Unison discussed about the institutional racism faced by grassroots ethnic minority children in education and how, besides policy change, an open mind to embrace and respect racial diversity is important for an inclusive society. To watch the webinar, please click shorturl.at/hiCN4

香港融樂會於十月二十二日擔任亞洲協會舉辦之講座的主講嘉賓,講座題為 "Inclusivity in Hong Kong: The Plight of Ethnic Minorities"。我們討論少數族裔草根兒童在教育上面對的制度性種族歧視;及擁抱和尊重種族多元對創建包容社會的重要性。重溫請連接shorturl.at/hiCN4
 


Freezing of Minimum Wage  關注凍結最低工資

Sources say the Minimum Wage Commision failed to reach a consensus to increase the statutory minimum wage this year and it will likely remain at HKD37.50 per hour for another two years starting May 2021. Hong Kong Unison is concerned about the freeze and the disproportionate impact on the city’s grassroots ethnic minority communities. Please click:

最近有消息指出,最低工資委員會無法就兩年一度的法定最低工資水平檢討達成共識,多數委員傾向明年五月一日凍結現行最低工資水平,維持時薪 37.5元。香港融樂會對此表示關注,同時重申,凍結最低工資對基層少數族裔衝擊尤大,我們反對凍結最低工資。請連接 https://www.thestandnews.com/society/凍結最低工資與少數族裔貧窮
 


Difficulties on House Rental  
「少數族裔租屋困難報告」發布記者會

Hong Kong Refugee Ministry Group and Hong Kong Unison held a press conference on October 5 to release the findings of the “Survey on Ethnic Minorities and Asylum Seekers in Seeking Private Accommodation Rentals”. 90% respondents mentioned that they faced difficulties while looking for accommodation, and more than half perceived ethnicity and/or nationality to be the main reasons for refusal of rentals. Hong Kong Unison urged the Equal Opportunity Commission to take a proactive role in eradicating discrimination in the everyday lives of ethnic minorities. 

Hong Kong Refugee Ministry Group 聯同香港融樂會在十月五日召開記者招待會,發表報告。報告主題為少數族裔居民和尋求庇護人士在本地租屋時所面對的困難。立法會議員與三位個案亦有出席是次活動。研究發現,有超過90%的少數族裔在租屋時有困難,而當中過半者認為原因與其族裔及國籍有關。我們呼籲平等機會委員會應在根除種族歧視方面擔當更積極的角色。


CV Workshops  履歷工作坊  

On 22 and 29 October, HandsOn Hong Kong, Moody’s and Hong Kong Unison organized a 2-part webinar for our new batch of scholarship awardees on CV writing and LinkedIn profile. The first webinar focused on practical tips to polish CVs’ content and tone and the use of LinkedIn. The second webinar paired the scholarship awardees and Moody’s volunteers to review the improvements the youth did on their CVs and LinkedIn profiles. The participants found the webinars beneficial.   

HandsOn Hong Kong、穆迪及香港融樂會在十月二十二日及二十九日,為本屆獎學金得主舉辦了一個撰寫履歷表及LinkedIn 個人檔案的網上工作坊。工作坊分成兩部分,前半部分聚焦在個人履歷表及LinkedIn檔案的撰寫技巧、內容潤飾;後半則將穆迪的義工與青年各自配對,檢視他們的學習成果。工作坊結束後,參加者皆感獲益良多。
 


Public Education Talks  公眾教育講座  

Hong Kong Unison conducted two cultural sensitivity workshops for social work students at the Chinese University and Caritas Institute of Higher Education on 19 and 30 October respectively. The workshops helped break the negative stereotypes of ethnic minorities especially their difficulties in Chinese learning. The social work students became more aware of the root causes of the social issues and the need to include ethnic minority in mainstream social and public services. We also spoke with teachers during a workshop at a primary school on Communications with Ethnic Minority Parents on 29 October. 

在十月十九日及三十日,香港融樂會分別為中文大學及明愛專上學院的社工系同學主持了培養文化敏感度的工作坊。工作坊幫助同學打破日常對少數族裔的負面刻板印象,尤其是他們學習中文的困難。經此訓練,同學更深入察覺到社會問題的根源所在,以及了解到將少數族裔納入主流社福及公共服務的重要性。我們亦在十月二十日在一所小學「與少數族裔家長溝通」的工作坊內與老師交流。


Home Visits & Outreach  本月家訪與外展

Hong Kong Unison conducted outreach in Jordon and Sham Shui Po in October. We met ethnic minority parents who were eager to talk to us especially regarding their children`s education and the problems they encountered due to language barrier.  We made four home visits in October to understand the learning needs of ethnic minority children.

香港融樂會在佐敦和深水埗的進行外展,我們跟這些少數族裔家長討論其子女的教育及各種因語言障礙而生的問題。另外,我們亦進行了四次家訪,了解少數族裔學生的學習需要。


We are looking for smart, organized and capable individuals who are passionate about social justice and racial equality. If you fit the description, please reach out to us for internship or volunteering opportunities!

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